This page contains forthcoming projects, papers, articles and monographs I am currently working on. If you would like any more information about any of my research, please email me .
The Classical Body In Romantic Britain by Cora Gilroy-Ware
Sculpture Journal, Vol. 29.3, Winter 2020
IN PREPARATION - ARTICLE
Re-sculpting history: Monuments to the ‘Lost Cause’ and allegory as Confederate propaganda in the early twentieth century
Taking The Confederate Memorial (1914) in Arlington National Cemetery as a case study, this article examines how one of the largest monuments commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy encapsulated the ‘Lost Cause’ narrative through classical allegorical figuration. It uncovers how a sculptural ‘allegorical mode’ became a trans-Atlantic artistic method of propaganda on Confederate monumental sculpture by chronologizing the development of allegory in British monumental sculpture.
IN PREPARATION - ARTICLE
'Ceaseless and Patient Researches'. Katharine Esdaile and the Historiography of Sculpture in Twentieth-Century Britain
This article will provide an unprecedented chronology of the study of sculpture in Britain and recover the important scholarly work and reputation of art historian, Katharine Ada Esdaile (1881-1950). Focusing on Esdaile’s ambition to create the first comprehensive overview of sculpture for a general audience through her unrealised Dictionary of English Sculptors, this project examines Esdaile’s attempt to democratise the appreciation of sculpture within the wider sphere of British art history in the early twentieth century. By analysing a variety of unstudied primary sources documenting her professional career and the publication of the Dictionary, including letters, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, reviews, photographs, pamphlets, and unpublished articles, this project employs historical, survey and narrative methodologies to highlight the significance of Esdaile’s research, and demonstrate how she succeeded in reviving interest in sculpture during this period
IN PREPARATION - MONOGRAPH
Allegories of Violence: Propaganda and British Monuments 1760-1840
Between 1760 and 1840, sculpture took on an unprecedented significance in Britain and its colonies. Allegories of Violence demonstrates how monumental sculpture - specifically commemorative monuments became an important means of propaganda during this period, and argues that sculptors used innovative approaches to monument design to negotiate social, political and economic anxieties sparked by Britain’s imperial ambitions. To uncover how monuments operated in this way, the book focuses on a series of underdiscussed monuments where sculptors introduced allegory – that is, embodied abstract concepts, such as ‘Victory’ and ‘Death’, and the narratives they produced – into designs as a means to sanitise aspects of Britain’s imperial project that posed a threat to the perceived status quo.
For the first time, Allegories of Violence introduces allegory as an overarching visual trope from this period and enables the reader to gain insight into how historical monuments functioned collectively as a public art form; creating a framework upon which to explore broader questions around the mobilisation of imagery at the service of nationalist aims and agendas in sculpture, and demonstrating that allegory is deserving of academic study as an artistic genre in its own right.
The Forgotten Sculpture of Kühne Beveridge
After relocating to a small village in the mountains of Lower Silesia from Munich in 1916, Kühne Beveridge - one of the most productive female sculptors of the early twentieth century, completely withdrew from public life. This article uses previously undiscovered documentary evidence to piece together a new biography of the sculptor; creating a much needed reassessment of her practice, and reputation as a controversial figure who consistently sought to shock audiences with her purposefully transgressive interpretations of the human figure in sculpture.